After defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs became the first player in NFL history to win an NFL MVP award and win a Super Bowl before turning 25-years-old. As good as he’s been so far, Mahomes is just getting started on what could be a legendary career.
Prior to Sunday’s game, the NFL honored quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, and John Elway. If Mahomes continues to play at the level he currently is, he’ll be joining those notable quarterbacks in Canton someday.
With his whole career ahead of him, the Chiefs are going to make sure that Mahomes begins and ends his career in Kansas City. There’s no doubt that Mahomes’ next contract is going to be astronomical compared to other quarterbacks.
Currently, the highest-paid quarterback in the league is Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is one of the best signal-callers in the NFL and has been to two Super Bowls in his career; winning one of them.
Over the past year, it has been reported that Kansas City could make Mahomes the first $40 million quarterback in NFL history. Provided that, is the Chiefs quarterback worth $40 million a year?
Yes, yes, and another resounding yes
When the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, some people didn’t know what to make of him. In college, Mahomes was a gunslinging quarterback that could play reckless at times.
Nevertheless, Kansas City had a plan in place for him to sit his rookie season and learn behind Alex Smith. That time behind Smith ended up being a beneficial experience for the Texas Tech product.
Then, in his second season, Andy Reid unleashed Mahomes on the NFL and never looked back. In 2018, Mahomes had one of the best seasons from a quarterback in NFL history. The fearless quarterback compiled 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
As a result, Mahomes was named the league’s MVP and was nearly able to advance to the Super Bowl in just his second season. The New England Patriots had other plans as they went on to win their sixth Super Bowl instead.
Following his historic season, Patrick Mahomes was laser-focused on ending Kansas City’s Super-Bowl drought. Prior to 2019, the Chiefs had gone 50 years since the last time they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
Despite facing double-digit deficits in each game in the postseason, Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to victory. It’s important to realize that Mahomes was able to prevail in the Super Bowl with a salary of just $735,000 in 2019.
After cementing his name in Kansas City’s history forever, Mahomes is headed toward being the highest-paid player in NFL history. Undoubtedly, Mahomes deserves every penny that is given to him. Not many quarterbacks can say they’ve achieved what he has in their career; let alone before they turn 25-years-old.
There is a shortlist of players in the NFL that warrant being paid $40 million per year. Without any hesitation, Patrick Mahomes is at the top of that list and he’ll likely still be underpaid for what he’s contributed to Kansas City.